As a proud graduate of the University of Saskatchewan (B.Comm. ’52), Greg Greenough believes it is important to stay engaged with the community that provided him with a solid education and years of competitive sport as a Huskie athlete. “It was a special time for me, “says Greenough. “Hockey was a big part of my life when I went to Saskatoon. I could have chosen to go to a number of other universities, but I picked the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), and it was a great decision.” Greenough has been a consistent donor since graduating, and this year, he has involved himself in the Home Ice Campaign. He chooses to give back to his alma mater in the hopes that students can have a memorable experience during their time at the U of S, just as he did, “You always get back more than what you give,“ he says.
After his studies Greenough moved to Alberta for his career, where he went on to be the President of Maclab Enterprises, a private holding company specializing in real estate development, property management, oil and gas and venture capital. His involvement with sports has taken on a facilitating role with numerous boards and committees, both locally and internationally. He is a former member of the Canadian Olympic Association, was President of the Kinsmen Club, and spent nine years on the board of directors for the Edmonton Eskimo Football Club. Greenough is passionate about providing opportunities for athletes to develop and excel, so it comes as no surprise that he is eagerly anticipating the construction of Merlis Belsher Place.
Thinking back to his time as a Huskie hockey player, Greenough recalls the experience. “It had lots of character,” he chuckles. “It was the only arena that I’m aware of that had an upper level for a dressing room—we would have to climb down with our skates on!”
Greenough believes that the new state-of-the-art facility will give Huskie athletes the advantage they deserve and will attract events that weren’t a possibility before, such as national championships. “It’s not just about a rink,” he says. “It’s about creating and celebrating a facility that will affect the level of prestige of every graduate and member of our community.”
Truly appreciative of Merlis Belsher’s and Ron and Jane Graham’s outstanding support of the project, Greenough is confident that other alumni will find the Home Ice Campaign an exciting project to get involved with. For him, it was an easy decision to get behind. Merlis Belsher Place will encapsulate the dedication and spirit of many generous supporters who believe in their homeland.